Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

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From the publisher: “Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct.

“Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?

“It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons—because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.”

Can I be honest with you? I was never a fan of Temperance Brennan and the Bones books (or the TV show). I tried, I really did. But I could simply not force myself to be interested in that character. So, when I saw that Kathy Reichs had a standalone novel with a new heroine, I debated whether or not I should bother to read it.

However, I’m glad I picked it up. Sunnie is very different (to me, at least) than Temperance was. I felt much more at ease with these characters than with previous Reichs books that I’ve read. And the story, including both the mystery Sunnie is trying to solve and her own backstory, was intriguing enough to keep me interested, wanting to know if I’d really figured it out or if Reichs had another twist to throw at me.

Two Nights is a great beach read, so grab a copy when it is released on July 11th and head to your favorite chill spot.

Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for the digital copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!! 🙂

That Darkness by Lisa Black

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Maggie Gardiner leads a quiet life, doing fingerprint analysis and occasional forensic work at crime scenes for the Cleveland Police Department. But when the body of an unidentified young girl and some unusual trace evidence end up in her case load, Maggie begins to wonder if maybe she’s stumbled across a serial killer working his way through the seedier side of Cleveland’s residents.

As a homicide detective, Jack Renner spends his days working to solve the mysteries of those whose last breaths have been taken in Cleveland, but his nights are spent in other endeavors. When their paths cross while working a case, Maggie and Jack must decide whether or not they can trust each other, or if that darkness surrounding them will be too much to overcome.

Well, this one certainly was a page turner. Full of tension and twists, with a not-so-subtle undercurrent of darkness, and moral questions that you believe you know the answers to until someone really makes you think about them, That Darkness made for a crazy ride. The story contained a decent amount of detail, but moved along swiftly enough, with enough ups and downs and turns, that I could never have been bored or distracted.

And the characters were well-rounded – Maggie was nice, but not sweet; liked, but not adored; attractive, but not defined by her looks; intelligent, but still able to question herself; in other words, more real than not. And Jack? Well, let’s just say that he is definitely multi-faceted.

I love a good crime novel, and That Darkness more than fits the bill. If you’re a fan of Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, you’d no doubt like Lisa Black. Grab a copy today, hunker down, and enjoy the show. You won’t regret it.

Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂